Full video of my 5/13 TribLive conversation with U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland.Full Story
Article I of the Constitution establishes the legislative or law making branch of government with the formation of a bicameral Congress. This system provides checks and balances within the legislative branch.
Only after much debate did the Founding Fathers agree on the creation of the House of Representatives and the Senate. A major issue was how representation in the legislative ...
Full video of my 5/12 conversation with U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the speaker of the House of Representatives, at an event put on in San Antonio by various chambers of commerce and IBC Bank.Full Story
John Ratcliffe, who is in a GOP primary runoff with U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall of Rockwall, says the incumbent has been in Washington too long. What he's not saying is that Hall, 90, is too old for office. Strategists say Ratcliffe must make his case without alienating older voters in a district where Hall has decades of name recognition.Full Story
With major components of the Affordable Care Act set to take effect in the coming months, Texas' U.S. senators have remained vocal in their calls to defund or dismantle the law. While some may see political motives, staff members say the senators are only trying to address what they see as flawed policy.Full Story
In the wake of a Texas congressman's resignation from the group, the remaining members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said they have not endorsed a controversial border-enforcement provision of the Senate's immigration overhaul bill. Filemon Vela quit the group, saying he could not live with their support of the legislation.Full Story
Hey, Texplainer: All anyone is talking about right now is sequestration and the harm it might do to our government. How would Texas fare?
UPDATED: The fiscal cliff bill has passed the U.S. House with the support of four Texas Republicans: U.S. Reps. Pete Sessions, Kevin Brady, Mac Thornberry and Lamar Smith. Rep. Ron Paul was the lone member of the Texas delegation who did not vote; all Texas Democrats in Congress voted for the measure.Full Story
Some are arguing Sen. John Cornyn is now vulnerable in his race to become the second in command in the US Senate, given the number of key Republican seats lost Tuesday night. Others cite outside factors for the unexpected outcomes.Full Story
For this week's nonscientific survey of insiders from government and politics, we asked about the state and federal governments and about how they compare.Full Story
It took the pulse of Texas voters and showed where they rate government and social issues and what they think of Washington and their local representatives. The University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll out last week revealed a few surprises and offered insight about public attitudes leading up to Tuesday's election.Full Story
News flash: Texans aren't big fans of the state government in Austin, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But if you really want to get their dander up, ask about the government in Washington. The least trusted branch of the federal government? Congress, by a mile.Full Story
Democrat Paul Sadler is trying to persuade Texans that it's possible for a long shot to win a general election in Texas. Long shots win sometimes — just look at who Sadler is running against.Full Story
This week in the Newsreel: Paul Sadler tries to get the word out about his campaign for U.S. Senate, state senators (and others) wait for committee assignments, and Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright resigns. And there's some dancing.Full Story
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, who has a knack for propelling himself into headline-grabbing controversies, is a favorite target of liberal commentators, comics and cable TV shows. But in his district, he is seen as a devoted advocate for his constituents’ values. As one supporter put it: "In Tyler, Texas, he fits right in."Full Story
This afternoon, at an event co-produced by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, I asked U.S. Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas; David Vitter, R-La.; and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., to assess the fallout from the refusal of U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., to quit his U.S. Senate race.Full Story
A bit of advice for Ted Cruz and the other successful, conservative candidates, particularly those elected to serve in the Texas Legislature: Be prepared to govern.Full Story
Ted Cruz, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, told Meet the Press moderator David Gregory that he's "thrilled with the pick of Paul Ryan" as Mitt Romney's running mate.Full Story
As legislators tinker with what some say is the cornerstone of America's food safety net, some Texans are concerned about what cuts could mean for low-income families, if they come to fruition. Many legislators, though, argue that the food stamp program has grown too large, and become too expensive.Full Story
Texas officials and politicians weren't quiet about a House panel's vote on Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over a fight involving the "Fast and Furious" weapons operation. Use our Storify timeline to follow this week's key developments and to see what Texans had to say.Full Story
The Republican congressman from Lewisville on his objections to a law setting higher efficiency standards for lightbulbs and how he intends to stop the Department of Energy from enforcing the standards. "It’s the government exercising power nobody ever intended to give them in the first place," he says.Full Story
A lot of people are rooting for David Dewhurst in the race for U.S. Senate — some because it would create a top political job opening in Texas. But he might be heading for a runoff after next week's Republican primary, raising at least the appearance that he could lose. And a loss would spoil a lot of ambitions.Full Story